Thinking Outside The Box: Internet Balloons
Google are currently working on a project known as “Project Loon”, the aim is to look into new ways of allowing homes even in the remote parts of the world access to the internet. And with their motto “Balloon-powered internet for everyone” it seems like a feasible idea.
The proposed system will utilize a series of balloons which float around about 20km above ground level (which also puts them above weather events such as harsh winds and rain) and will use complex algorithms to determine where the balloons need to be in relation to the request by users, antennas are then installed on homes to receive the signals that these balloons will be transmitting.
Some of Loon’s perks are that it allows a much wider coverage for all users and in the event of a natural disaster at ground level would still allow users to get back online since there will be no cables required.
Google have undergone pilot tests in New Zealand and are currently reviewing the experiences of their users to see how the project can be improved.
One of the many balloons used to create ‘Project Loon’